History Faculty Publications
Journal of Modern African Studies
Existing literature argues that the tactics of Cameroon foreign policy have been conservative, weak and timid. This study refutes that perspective. Based on extensive and previously unused primary sources obtained from Cameroon’s Ministry of External Relations and from the nation’s archives in Buea and Yaoundé, this study argues that Cameroon’s foreign policy was neither timid nor makeshift. Its strategy was one of pragmatism. By examining the nation’s policy toward Nigeria in the reunification of Cameroon, the Nigerian civil war, the Bakassi Peninsula crisis and Boko Haram, the study maintains that, while the nation’s policy was cautious, its leaders focused on the objectives and as a result scored major victories. The study concludes by suggesting that President Paul Biya invokes the same skills he used in foreign policy to address the ongoing Anglophone problem, a problem that threatens to unravel much of what the country has accomplished.
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Cambridge University Press
Ahmadou Ahidjo, Paul Biya, Muhammadu Buhari, Secession, Boko Haram
Amin, Julius A., "Cameroon’s Relations toward Nigeria: A Foreign Policy of Pragmatism" (2020). History Faculty Publications. 148.
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The document available for download is the author's accepted manuscript, provided in compliance with the publisher's policy on self-archiving. Permission documentation is on file. For the version of record, use the DOI https://doi.org/10.1017/S0022278X19000545